Vikings Activate Sam Bradford

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2018

Keenum will be a free agent at the end of this playoff run, and despite his breakout year the Vikings could decide to return to Bradford, with Teddy Bridgewater (who appeared in one game this season after not playing since 2015) as a backup. Other than that, it has been the Case Keenum show with Bradford sidelined and inactive with a knee injury.

If the Vikings advance to the Super Bowl, they would be the.

In the first matchup this season between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings only had Xavier Rhodes shadowing Michael Thomas for part of the game.

ZONED OUT: New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen called for a relatively zone-heavy scheme in the opener, and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore recalled feeling "confused about everything" in his National Football League debut other than the man-to-man coverage the Saints have been more inclined to let Lattimore play on top opposing receivers.

New Orleans jettisoned former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a miserable four-game run and thrived with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, becoming one of the league's most unsafe running back duos.

Saints coach Sean Payton called the Vikings' effectiveness the ideal blend of scheme and personnel.

But Saints vs. Vikings is the postseason version of it.

Sunday could get very interesting.

The Vikings, who had the NFL's best defense and ranked second in rush defense, held the Saints to 60 rushing yards in Week 1 as Peterson had only 18 yards on six carries. The Saints have run a no-huddle outside of a two-minute offense since that 2011 season. If they can control the New Orleans running back duo and keep Brees from taking over the game, they will be in an excellent position. He can beat defenses deep, over the middle and with screen passes. Here's what you need to know about the big game this Sunday. Offensively, Sam threw the ball outstanding.

The Vikings will try to prevent that from happening and have kept Keenum fairly clean with just 22 sacks this season. It may have been fair to cast doubt at first, considering the 9-15 career record and the uninspired play from the year before, but Keenum has proven week after week that he is not the quarterback he was in Los Angeles. That opened the door for rookie Alvin Kamara, who is a favorite to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The thought of dealing with one Pro Bowl running back is scary enough, but things have gotten exceptionally more frightening with the emergence o Kamara. Kamara also is a big receiving threat out of the backfield.

It's a tall task over the course of a 60-minute game.

The Vikings only have doubts over cornerback Terence Newman, while the Saints are definitely without wide receiver Brandon Coleman - key defensive players Cameron Jordan and PJ Williams practised on Friday and were taken off their injury report.

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